iTunes by Apple (800/692-7753, www.apple.com ): Version 1.1 of the free CD-burning software adds support for more than two dozen third-party external CD-RW drives (listed at www.apple.com/itunes/compatibility ).
An Internet security utility from Intego (305/ 868-7920, www.intego.com ): NetBarrier 2.0 features updated firewall settings, personal information filters, and controls for unwanted Internet banner ads, cookies, and spam. It sells for $60; upgrades cost $30.
Two products from Adobe (800/833-6687, www.adobe.com ): After Effects 5.0 has new 3-D tools, a parenting tool to define relationships between objects, improved masking, and new plug-ins. The standard edition sells for $649 and upgrades are $199. Acrobat 5.0 adds tools that let you create live electronic PDF forms on the Web, save PDF files in Rich Text Format, and add comments and digitally sign PDF documents within a Web browser. The electronic document software has enhanced password protection and security controls. Acrobat sells for $249; you can upgrade for $99.
A multifunction printer from Hewlett-Packard (800/552-8500, www.hp.com ): The HP PSC 750 ($299) combines a printer, copier, and scanner in a 19-pound USB device. The printer features a color graphics resolution of 2,400 by 1,200 dpi, while the scanner’s resolution is 600 by 1,200 dpi.
An Internet phone-call manager from InfoInterActive (902/832-1014, www.infointeractive.com ): ICM2000 monitors and manages incoming phone calls while Mac users are connected to the Internet. Available by subscription for $5.95 per month.
The hiring of Newer Technologies engineers by Sonnet Technologies (949/587-3500, www.sonnettech.com ): The maker of upgrade cards says it has hired “all key engineering personnel” from Newer, which filed for bankruptcy in January. The move doubles Sonnet’s engineering and development team.
The purchase of router maker Netopia by Proxim (800/229-1630, www.proxim.com ): The wireless-networking hardware maker will pay $223 million for Netopia, whose Mac products include Timbuktu remote-control software and the netOctopus network management program.